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Looking at the future

301e8da35854ae68504039707986b038?s=47 Dominic Orr
February 26, 2021

Looking at the future

Presentation by Ben Janssen and myself at the Falling Walls & HFD conference entitled FUTURE EDUCATION - IMAGINING THE UNIVERSITY OF TOMORROW about looking at the current developments to extrapolitate to trends in the future, and about which role Falling Walls has in this.


Dominic Orr

February 26, 2021


  1. Looking at the future Ben Janssen, OpenEd Consult Adj. Prof.

    Dominic Orr, atingi at GIZ & Nova Gorica University FUTURE EDUCATION IMAGINING THE UNIVERSITY OF TOMORROW 25 - 26 FEBRUARY 2021
  2. Digital learning

  3. Google suggest results. Using incognito mode. 21.2.21

  4. 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 2013 2014

    2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Comparison of frequency of terms in international publications* digital education digital learning *String in title or abstract. Publications listed in
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  6. Why? If digitalisation is a social innovation, what do we

    want to achieve?
  7. Higher education is part of this world. For this reason,

    it is both affected by the environment it works in, and it can have effects on the world around it. Digitalisation in combination with globalisation is making the world figuratively ‘spin faster’. We can actually see effects of this interconnectivity thru the prism of the Corona Virus at this very moment.
  8. Orr, D., Lübcke, M., Schmidt, P., Ebner, M., Wannemacher, K.,

    Ebner, M., & Dohmen, D. (2019). AHEAD Internationales Horizon-Scanning: Trendanalyse zu einer Hochschullandschaft in 2030.
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  10. Falling Walls!

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  12. Falling Walls Digital Education 2020 • More than 100 nominations

    from 35 countries • But uneven set of nominations: ◦ geographically ◦ thematically • Possible reasons: ◦ First time of the call ◦ Language barrier ◦ Unknown in networks ◦ Term “digital education”
  13. Positioning of nominations on HolonIQ-taxonomy HolonIQ. (2021). Global Education Technology

    in 10 Charts. content/uploads/2021/01/HolonIQ-2021-Global-EdTech-in-10-Charts.pdf (CC-BY)
  14. • HolonIQ Global taxonomy provides a well- defined and community-based

    model for positioning Falling Walls nominations in the global education and learning landscape • Submissions have a focus on: ◦ Experiencing Learning (VR, AR, XR, Gaming, Simulations, Maker Spaces) ◦ Traditionale Models (Uni’s) ◦ Education Management (LE) ◦ New Delivery Models (MOOCs) ◦ Knowledge & Content (Educational Resources) • Hardly any submissions in: ◦ Learner Support ◦ Assessment & Verification ◦ Workforce & Talent Focus in the nominations
  15. Assessment of the potential for impact • …many of the

    entries really focus on substitution and augmentation • …not many appear to be utilising technologies to ‘break through walls’ Puentedura, R. R. (2006). A Model for Technology and Transformation. Strengthening Your District Through Technology. Source graphic:
  16. Assessment of the potential for impact Holon IQ category Impact

    Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Learning environment (LMS) University XR. Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality Games and Simulation Living lab and maker spaces
  17. Falling Walls next steps

  18. Horizon-scanning To ensure that the call for nominations is broad

    enough and inclusive enough to capture significant developments in the area of digital learning across the globe. • Call for nominations (mixed approach) • Support of nominees Future lab To ensure that the process of selection is targeted and transparent and effectively identifies key initiatives that can influence and inspire others. • Discussion on topics and eligible candidates pre- selection • Peer-based pre-selection • Jury selection and presentation of winners Peer-learning and discussion To build on the previous two steps to foster dialogue and discussion around selected winning nominations and promote critical exchange. • Jury discussion of winners and topics • Discussion of winners and topic focussed on scalability and impact with mainstream providers